Romelu Lukaku blocks Sanchez's goal-bound effort as Inter crash out of UCL

Romelu Lukaku blocks Sanchez's goal-bound effort as Inter crash out of UCL

- Inter Milan crashed out of the Champions League after a 0-0 draw against Shaktar Donetsk

- The game would have had a different complexion if Alexis Sanchez’s late header found the back of the net

- Sanchez rose highest to head the ball in the 88th minute but his goal bound effort was inadvertently blocked by team mate Romelu Lukaku

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Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku had a night to forget on Wednesday, December 9 after inadvertently blocked a goal-bound shot from team mate Alexis Sanchez.

Romelu Lukaku inadvertently blocks Alexis Sanchez's goal-bound effort as Inter crash out of UCL
Romelu Lukaku inadvertently blocks Alexis Sanchez's goal-bound effort as Inter crash out of UCL
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In a group that eventually morphed into a group of death, all four sides had the chance to progress to the last 16 going into the final game.

However, Inter Milan’s 0-0 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk meant both sides were knocked out of the competition, with the latter heading to the Europa League.

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Things would have been much different for Inter, had a goal bound effort from Alexis Sanchez not found the Belgian’s head somehow.

Inter huffed and puffed for 90 minutes but could not find a break through and they had the opportunity to take the lead at the very end of the game.

In the 88th minute with Inter desperately looking for the decisive goal, Sanchez, despite his height, leapt highest to meet a corner with a bullet header.

But whether it was bad luck or poor positioning from Lukaku, it didn’t matter as the effort cannoned off Lukaku’s head in what online users joked was the Belgian clearing his own team’s goal-bound effort.

It is also kind to note Lukaku was in an offside position when the header came in.

Antonio Conte’s men needed nothing short of a win against Shakhtar Donetsk, whom they thrashed 5-0 in last season’s Europa League.

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In the other Group D game, Real Madrid beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 to salvage their Champions League season and Monchengladbach needed Inter’s game to end in a draw for the German side to proceed to the knockout stages.

Footage has since emerged online showing Gladbach players watching the ending to Inter’s game and celebrating wildly once they realised it ended in a draw. earlier reported that in the other group game Real Madrid cruise to the next round of the Champions League following a one-sided affair against German side Borussia Monchengladbach which ended 2-0.

Los Blancos claimed 10 points from 6 matches to win Group B ahead of Monchengladbach who are also through with 8 points.

The opening goal of the encounter game as early as the 9th minute following a great header from the Karim Benzema who latched onto a delightful ball from Vazquez.

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That goal certainly eased any nerves for Zidane and his side.

Benzema then made it 2-0 in the 35th minute with another sublime header way too easy for the Frenchman as Rodrygo floated over an inviting cross. That was how the game ended as Zinedine Zidane's men progressed to UCL knockout stage.

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